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The 16 Hidden Secrets Nobody Tells You About Soda

The 16 Hidden Secrets Nobody Tells You About Soda

It’s 2015 and most of us are already fully aware of the fact that soda isn’t exactly a health food.

However, you probably aren’t familiar with the full extent of soda’s side effects and the destruction it can wreak within our bodies.

I’m here to change that.

While advice suggesting that you ditch your favorite can of sugary water is old news, some more recent scientific findings about soda are anything but.

In fact, if consumed regularly, you could be inviting a full suite of the most undesirable diseases into your life – most of which are express lanes to an early death.

It shouldn’t surprise you to hear me say that sugar is the main ingredient causing all the fuss.

But all the diet soda drinkers out there aren’t off the hook either. Both kinds of soda are detrimental to your health, and I’m going to explain why…

1. Soda causes weight gain in all the wrong places

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If you consume excess sugar in the form of soda, there’s a high chance it will lead to excess fat on your body. I’m not talking about the sexy “Beyonce” kind that gathers on the hips, thighs and bum (medically known as subcutaneous fat).

I’m talking about visceral fat. This is the kind that gathers around vital organs, such as the liver, kidneys, intestines and stomach, and has been closely linked with type 2 diabetes and other inflammatory diseases.

In fact, one recent study found that consumption of regular soda caused increases of more than 100 percent in both liver fat and skeletal fat – alarming statistics, considering that excess liver fat can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

The most telling visual sign indicating visceral fat is a protruding belly, so if you’ve noticed some expansion in this area, you’ll need to reign in your sugar intake ASAP.

Not sure if your waist circumference is increasing? I know I can usually tell if I’ve been eating and drinking too much sugar when my jeans become difficult to zip up!

Diet soda drinkers aren’t immune.

A University of Texas study found that over a ten-year period, participants who drank diet soda saw a 70 percent increase in waist circumference compared with those who didn’t drink any soda.

2. Soda doesn’t make you feel full

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The sugar in soda is roughly 50 percent glucose, 50 percent fructose. When consumed without fiber, the brain can’t detect fructose, causing the consumption of calories to go unregulated.

This doesn’t mean your body doesn’t experience the side effects of the calories – it just means you won’t feel full after consuming them. This is different than consuming fructose in the form of whole fruit, which also contain fiber and can be regulated properly within the body.

This is dangerous because it means you’ll consume soda on top of your normal diet and won’t feel the difference of the added calories. I don’t know about you, but even if I’ve just eaten a huge meal, I can always fit in a soda or two!

Various studies have shown that these unaccounted for liquid calories cause weight gain and an increase in BMI.

Do yourself a favor and avoid them.

3. Soda accelerates aging

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All of the anti-aging products on the market suggest that people don’t even want to age at a normal rate. Well, continuing your soda habit can really speed things up in that department.

All sodas – including diet versions – contain phosphoric acid, which gives them their tangy flavor and extends their shelf life by fending off bacteria and mold.

Excess phosphoric acid has been linked to kidney problems, decreases in bone density, osteoporosis, and muscle loss, due to its interference with calcium absorption in the body.

If that isn’t enough to convince you, a study published by FASEBJ Journal found that mice with high phosphate levels died five weeks earlier than mice with normal phosphate levels.

It’s not just your insides that will benefit from giving up soda. I’ve found that quitting sugar gives my skin a youthful glow. At the very least, give this a try before blowing all of your money on anti-aging face creams.

4. Drinking soda can lead to insulin resistance

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Insulin resistance is the gateway to metabolic syndrome, which can be described as a group of risk factors (including high blood pressure and excess fat around the waist) associated with type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The primary role of insulin in the body is to direct glucose from the bloodstream to the correct cells. But when you consume excess sugar in the form of sugary sodas, you’re basically bombarding your body with the compound, forcing your pancreas to produce more and more insulin.

This leads to insulin resistance – something you really don’t want in your life, given the role it plays in the development of negative medical conditions.

5. Soda consumption can contribute to heart disease

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Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease or heart and blood vessel disease, is the number one killer in the USA – and it’s the last thing you want to develop!

Complications of heart disease include heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, and cardiac arrest. You can live with it for years and even survive a couple of heart attacks, but it will eventually kill you.

Believe it or not, a soda habit can increase your risk of developing this debilitating disease.

A study published in 2014 revealed that those who consume 17 to 21 percent of their calories from sugar are 38 percent more likely to die from heart disease than those consuming 8 percent of their calories from sugar.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day for women.

To put this in perspective, one regular can of soda contains 8.75 teaspoons of sugar – more than the recommended limit, despite the fact that it’s almost certainly not going to be the only source of sugar in your daily intake.

6. Sugary drinks increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes

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As mentioned above, soda consumption can lead to insulin resistance, which usually progresses to metabolic syndrome.

Research from the Harvard School of Public Health now specifically associates sugary beverages to the development of type 2 diabetes.

The research showed that drinking one to two sugary drinks per day increased the chance of type 2 diabetes by 26 percent, compared to those who consumed less than one sugary drink per month. Drinking just one serving per day increased the risk by 15 percent.

If type 2 diabetes doesn’t sound that serious to you, maybe some of its complications will. Not only can the disease result in heart and blood vessel disease, nerve, kidney, eye, and foot damage, hearing problems, and Alzheimer’s disease, it can even lead to nerve damage in the foot, resulting in infections (some of which may lead to amputation of the limb).

7. Sugary drinks have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease

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Alzheimer’s disease has long been thought of as a hereditary neurodegenerative disorder that we can’t control.

And while it’s true that there’s still no cure, more and more evidence is suggesting that there are ways to decrease our chances of developing it, along with other forms of dementia.

Insulin resistance (which can develop from the over-consuming sugar) is so tightly linked with Alzheimer’s that it is now commonly referred to as type 3 diabetes within the medical community.

Further, one Japanese study has concluded that those with type 2 diabetes are more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

I think I speak for everyone when I say that soda really isn’t worth losing your mind over. Am I right?

8. Diet soda is associated with severe brain disorders

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The artificial sweetener aspartame, also known under the brand names NutraSweet or Equal, is an ingredient in many diet soda brands that’s been linked to several different brain disorders, including seizures, multiple sclerosis, and brain tumors.

Many epilepsy patients are instructed to avoid diet sodas by their doctors. If you don’t have epilepsy, you won’t likely experience seizures from drinking diet sodas alone, but isn’t the fact that these sweeteners can prompt seizures scary enough to avoid them anyway?

As for the brain tumors, no solid evidence has emerged to prove artificial sweeteners cause cancer in humans, but there have been studies linking the two.

I don’t know about you, but that’s good enough for me to avoid drinking soda!

9.  The caramel coloring in some sodas contains cancer-causing chemicals

 

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If you’re a fan of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, or any other cola drink, you may want to put down your can and listen to this.

The brown or caramel coloring that gives these sodas their trademark look contains two contaminants that are known to cause cancer in animals – 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole.

Research published this year by PLOS ONE quotes the US National Toxicology Program, which concluded that there was “clear evidence of carcinogenic activity in male and female mice.”

The craziest part about all this is that caramel coloring is used purely for aesthetic purposes and doesn’t affect the taste of the cola at all. I think even the most dedicated cola fans would be willing to give it up in exchange for a lowered cancer risk!

In 2011, California’s Proposition 65 law stated that the levels of 4-methylimidazole contained in sodas would require a cancer warning label on each unit sold in the state.

Since then, both Coca-Cola and Pepsi have claimed to have switched to a coloring not containing 4-methylimidazole.

However, testing of Pepsi outside of California has shown that it still contains unsafe levels of the chemical. Your best bet? Stay away!

10. The sugar in sodas can be addictive

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Anyone who’s ever attended the birthday party of a young child knows that sugar highs are real.

Sugar triggers the release of the neurotransmitter hormone dopamine in the brain, which makes us feel good. This is exactly how highly addictive cocaine works – which could explain why it’s so hard to give up sugar, even though we know it’s bad for us.

I know I’m in an unhealthy sugar relationship when I’m full, but keep wanting more and more soda or sweets anyway.

Another telltale sign is the sugar crash that follows about an hour or two after the initial high. When you look at it like that, it really does have striking similarities to drug addiction behaviors!

11. Soda is seriously bad for your teeth

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The pesky phosphoric acid I mentioned earlier – the one that interferes with calcium absorption and can lead to osteoporosis – is also a nightmare for your teeth.

This acid can lead to tooth decay, tooth rot, cavities, and gum disease. And remember, this acid is also present in diet sodas, so there’s really no getting out of this one if you stay committed to your soda habit.

A study published in the journal General Dentistry states that the oral damage caused by soda is just as bad, sometimes even worse, than that of long term drug usage.

In fact, in one case study shared in the study, a woman had to have all of her teeth removed as a result of drinking too much diet soda. I freaked out having just one wisdom tooth removed – I can’t even imagine the pain of having all of my teeth removed!

“Each person experienced serve tooth erosion caused by high acid levels present in their ‘drug’ of choice –  meth, crack, or soda,” says Mohamed A.Bassiouny, DMD, MSc, PhD, lead author of the study.

“The citric acid present in both regular and diet soda is known to have a high potential for causing tooth erosion,” says Dr. Bassiouny.

If the thought of losing your smile isn’t terrifying enough, maybe the thousands of dollars spent on dental procedures will convince you to give up this devastating beverage.

12. Some sodas contain highly toxic flame retardants

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Flame retardants are typically present on items that, you know, you don’t want catching on fire. Things like your sofa or bed sheets. But I bet you didn’t know that many sodas, particularly citrus flavored drinks, contain flame retardants in the form of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) as well.

BVO is used as an ingredient in sodas in order to stop the flavoring from separating from the drink. Unfortunately, the chemical has been linked to alarming conditions, such as nerve disorders, memory loss, and skin lesions.

As a result, the chemical has been banned for use in sodas across Europe and Japan, but it’s still present in many North American drinks.

In 2014, both Pepsi and Coca-Cola announced that they would remove BVO from their products, but the chemical can still be found in many sodas that aren’t manufactured by these companies.

13. Soda cans are lined with a resin that’s been linked to infertility

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You may have heard of the epoxy resin bisphenol A – better known as BPA. Soda cans are often lined with BPA, which acts as a barrier between the metal and the drink. BPA is a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to diabetes, infertility, and reproductive cancers.

Both Coke and Pepsi have been working towards a BPA-free plastic bottle, but they have not yet committed to developing BPA-free aluminum cans for their sodas. My vote? Steer clear until these side effects can be better managed.

14. The side effects of genetically modified corn are unknown

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Most sodas produced in the USA use high fructose corn syrup instead of cane sugar, as it’s a much cheaper ingredient.

And while there’s no solid proof that high fructose corn syrup is any worse for you than cane sugar, something we can all agree to be worried about is the fact that almost 90 percent of corn grown in the US is genetically modified to resist pesticides.

There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding whether or not genetically modified crops cause negative side effects, but there have been studies linking consumption to infertility, tumor growth, and damage to the digestive tract.

The scientific community has not reached a collective conclusion on this, but the question is still, why would you want to risk it?

15. Diet soda is polluting our water

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Yet another unfortunate reality of the soda boom is that humans can’t effectively break down the artificial sweeteners contained in all diet sodas.

That should be a good enough reason to stop drinking it, but you also need to know that these sweeteners are harming the environment.

When we excrete the sweeteners that our bodies can’t digest, they flow into our waterways, polluting our lakes and rivers.

In fact, a survey conducted in 2009 tested drinking water treatment plants in the USA and revealed that sucralose was present in every one.

16. Soda provides zero nutritional benefit

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One final reason to give up soda is that there’s virtually no nutritional benefit to be gained by drinking it in the first place!

It’s a can of empty calories that will only end up hurting you. Even pizza, McDonalds, or other fast foods contain at least some healthy ingredients within them (not that I’d encourage over-consumption of those things either).

I find that a great way to stay healthy isn’t necessarily asking yourself what’s bad for you and then avoiding it, but asking yourself what nutritional benefits you’ll receive from consuming a certain food or drink.

If it doesn’t have any value to offer you, skip it – and, unfortunately, soda fails this test.

How to Crush Your Soda Habit

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Sadly, all the scariest consequences in world don’t make it any easier to give up a favorite ritual. And as mentioned above, sugar can be chemically addictive, making it extra hard to break free from soda.

Below are some suggestions on how to kick your habit and reduce your risk of the negative side effects described above.

I’ve had great success with these methods and highly recommend giving them a try today

Don’t go cold turkey. If you’re drinking more than one can per day of soda, it’s going to be almost impossible to quit “cold turkey.” Instead, cut your intake by half and keep gradually reducing your consumption over a period of two to four weeks.

Change your routine. Does the walk to your desk involve passing the office vending machine? If so, change your route. While avoiding the sight of soda is unrealistic in the long-term, you can still use this strategy to avoid temptation by bypassing your regular purchase points.

Replace your favorite drink. Try replacing soda with another beverage that isn’t full of sugar or artificial sweeteners. For instance, try herbal tea, sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh lime, or a glass of milk to quench your thirst.

Find a new reward. Taking a hit of soda can be a nice reward that you probably feel you deserve. In this sense, it may not even be the actual drink, but the ritual itself that you’re addicted to. Your new reward could come in the form of an activity, such as chatting with a co-worker, going for a short walk, or browsing your favorite website for a few minutes while you clear your mind in a healthier manner. When I gave up soda, I would make a cup of tea with a work friend for ten minutes. After that, I had totally forgotten about my desire for a Coke!

Keep track. At first, it’s a good idea to record how much soda you’re drinking so that you know you’re not consuming too much by accident. This can also be a good way to discover weaknesses in your day. For example, I used to reach for soda after stressful meetings or emotional events. Identifying these instances helped me to come up with a plan of attack for seeking out healthier alternatives.

Know your goal. Assign a day that you’ll be soda-free by and stick to it. This may involve calculating the gradual decline in your soda intake so you don’t have to go cold turkey.

The bottom line is this: if soda had any benefit to offer whatsoever, its negative health consequences might not be so significant.

But you have virtually nothing to gain by drinking it in the first place!

Giving up any favorite food or beverage can be difficult, but do yourself a favor and use the strategies above to kick your soda habit and avoid these 16 hidden secrets about this dangerous beverage.

Do you struggle with soda addiction? Share your experiences by leaving a comment below!

 

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112 Comments

  1. Matt

    April 16, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Great post Neil. I’ll be adding this blog to my list of feeds to check often, alongside NeilPatel.com and QuickSprout.com! Big fan, keep upt he good work. I’m super interested in your journey with this site.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 20, 2015 at 1:35 am

      Thanks Matt – I’m hoping you enjoy the content here as well, there are big things planned.

      Reply

  2. Dino Gomez

    April 16, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Neil if you want some pro fitness athletes and models that write for Bodybuilding dot com to contribute content, I work with several. Could be a great exchange of exposure for excellent content. Excited to follow your journey to 100k monthly here. Great work on the expired domain & brand. You’re the man! -Dino

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 20, 2015 at 1:37 am

      Thanks Dino I appreciate the offer. Will reach out should the need arise.

      Reply

  3. Noeleen

    April 16, 2015 at 3:56 am

    That is so scary…glad I don’t drink soda. Will be sharing with my niece who drinks a lot and has type 2 diabetes.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 20, 2015 at 1:38 am

      It can really be so bad for you and yet so many people can’t stop drinking it. Do send the link to this article across to your niece and hopefully things will improve.

      Reply

  4. Eugene Zach

    April 16, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Great comprehensive post Neil. Many people are totally unaware of the hidden dangers of consuming soda on a long term basis. Hope this post will help many give up this life-threatening drink for good!

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 20, 2015 at 1:39 am

      Thanks Eugene. If only more people knew how bad it is for you i’m sure there would be a lot less people drinking so much of it. Hopefully this post can help spread the word.

      Reply

  5. Sachin Mathur

    April 16, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Great Post on Soda !!
    one pint from my side
    Harvard researchers have recently positively linked soft drinks to obesity.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 20, 2015 at 1:40 am

      There is so much sugar and other nasty inclusions in soda that it certainly drive a lot of weight gain issues in people around the world.

      Reply

  6. Michael

    April 16, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Great article. I love the images used too!

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 20, 2015 at 1:40 am

      Thanks – the images really help to tell the story and can have a great impact.

      Reply

  7. Jay Patel

    April 16, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Great post Neil. I wasn’t aware of the fact that Soda can lead to cancer as well. It seems that the Soda is one of the worst drink out there. I should try to stay away from it from now

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 24, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      I would avoid it like the plague.

      Reply

  8. Pramendra Singh

    April 16, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Great post Neil Patel. I enjoyed this and I came to know that you know about nutrition too. I’m a big fan of yours and regularly read your articles.

    Reply

    • Pramendra Singh

      April 16, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Now, it got why you insist so much to research. I salute you for your hard work on researching to such extent and writing such a detailed post. Great work.

      Reply

      • Mike Kamo

        April 24, 2015 at 1:38 pm

        Anything is possible with some elbow grease. People are just a bit lazy these days.

        Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 24, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Pramendra.

      Reply

  9. Smartvnd

    April 16, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Can’t believe Neil can research this much, great work, how often will you plan to post ?

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 20, 2015 at 1:41 am

      I am looking to have 2 posts per week live at this stage, then more as things progress. Do stop by again, or opt-in to the mailing list to get the latest posts direct to your email.

      Reply

  10. Harshit Sharma

    April 16, 2015 at 9:40 am

    It’s time to skip soda. The fact is that soda is not a health food.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 20, 2015 at 1:41 am

      Nope, it is far from a health food, there are way better alternatives.

      Reply

  11. Pride

    April 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Hello Neil,

    My Best Wishes on this first post.

    The pictures look very good. 270 views,4 likes and 9 comments in about 8 hours.

    We are looking forward to you sharing nuts and bolts of the effort(theme, picture source and like).

    Staying Tuned!

    http://www.sujemani.com

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 20, 2015 at 1:42 am

      Thanks for stopping by. Updates to come in the near future.

      Reply

  12. Aron

    April 16, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Great post Neil. Really looking forward to following you on your journey to $100k!

    With content like this you’ll get there in no time.

    Reply

    • Neil Patel

      April 24, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      I will also do a monthly post on it on Quick Sprout.

      Reply

  13. Ezam

    April 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing your new project. Will follow closely your progress to $100k monthly

    Reply

  14. Gurpreet

    April 16, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Really an amazing Post on Health.I am really excited to read more health tips from you here.

    Reply

  15. krunek

    April 16, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    great article! hate soda and sugar

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 24, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Yes, too much sugar isn’t good for you, especially when it comes from things like sodas.

      Reply

  16. Wayne Links

    April 16, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Neil

    Amazing work. Amazing post enjoyed it. Keep up the good work

    Reply

  17. Reji Stephenson

    April 16, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Niel,

    Great to see that you writing on an entirely new niche now. I never thought you will start this blog soon.I keep coming back to this blog to see your updates.

    Have one more great blog from you.

    Regards

    Reji Stephenson

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 20, 2015 at 1:42 am

      Thanks Reji. Looking forward to posting a lot more valuable content in the near future.

      Reply

  18. Gregg

    April 17, 2015 at 3:32 am

    I love the article you have written. I have battled trying to get away from any soda products for some time. I feel that it has become a true disorder and I would make a wager that most people afflicted would agree with me. Even so, I appreciate your article and hope you can reach many, many people who could benefit from your advice.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 24, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks Gregg. I am trying, but I think I can reach millions over time and affect lives in a positive way.

      Reply

  19. Aparna

    April 17, 2015 at 4:13 am

    OMG. Seriously, soda is that bad for health? Thanks for sharing such an health conscious article. Keep coming. 🙂

    Reply

  20. Abhishek

    April 17, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Nice Detailed Share Niel !!

    Try Mixing Buttermilk in half Soda, Keep it for 30 min.

    Results are horrible.

    Reply

  21. Nils

    April 17, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Hi Neil,
    just wanted to say “hi” from Germany. I follow your inspiring blog for a while now. I am running a small software company for the health and preventive sector. When you announced your nutrition experiment, I thought “now he is really pushing too hard”. But your first blog on soda is really great and interesting!
    Good luck!
    Nils

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Glad you like it Nils. Stay tuned for more good stuff. 🙂

      Reply

  22. ashish

    April 17, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Good read neil. All the best for this blog.

    Reply

  23. Paul

    April 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Neil, congrats on the new blog. I’ve been looking forwards to seeing how your new experiment would look.
    A question; how on earth did you get a new blog (even using an aged domain)with only 2 pages indexed to Alexa rank 384,495 in such a short time?

    Reply

    • Neil Patel

      April 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      To be honest I am not sure… Alexa is really inaccurate. But the rank is going down fast.

      Reply

  24. Hunter W

    April 17, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I’m not sure how helpful this will be for the $100k challenge. You posted your first blog under your own name (which has a HUGE following already) and already have tons of shares. A true “from scratch” person trying to start a business doesn’t have all of these advantages.

    Reply

    • Neil Patel

      April 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      I don’t have a huge following in this space though. 🙁

      Reply

  25. Mike

    April 19, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Wow, 1,000 views already? Nice job. Really well done articles.

    I have to stop drinking soda pop myself. I was down to under 1 can a week but then made some other changes in my life that changed my sleep schedule and made me tired some days.

    I suppose I could drink tea and exchange sugar for caffeine but I don’t really want to do that either. I’ll probably just cut back a bit at a time.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 20, 2015 at 1:44 am

      Cutting back is a good first step, but then substituting soda out for other healthier options will help as well. Good luck with it all.

      Reply

      • mike

        April 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm

        Thanks, I thought about it and decided I would make an attempt to quit cold turkey for at least 30 days. I just created a 30 day challenge. Hopefully others will be inspired by your post like I was to make positive changes, whether it’s done gradually or all at once.

        Reply

        • Mike

          April 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm

          FYI I did read the part about not quitting cold turkey. I have been successful quitting gradually in the past but have not tried it cold turkey before. As a general statement I agree it’s best not to quit cold turkey, and not usually necessary.

          However, I just recently had drank about a can a day (about 40MG of caffeine per day) before starting this challenge on Thursday April 16th. I think I will be alright quitting cold turkey because I am aware of the dangers (E.G.I didn’t drive a car in 3 days following to be safe). I am aware that I may be fighting two addictions (sugar, and caffeine).

          Reply

          • Neil Patel

            April 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm

            Best of luck Mike! You can do it.

        • Mike Kamo

          April 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm

          Keep me up to date on how it goes.

          Reply

  26. Rajeesh Nair

    April 20, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Wow… Now that many secrets do I consume on a regular basis. I never knew. Although, I am not a fan of Soda, I consume it sometimes as its the best option here when I am out and thirsty… Now would definitely look for other healthy alternatives to Soda in order to hydrate myself…

    And also great to see you on another niche…

    Reply

    • Neil Patel

      April 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      Yes, I think this blog will be popular within 6 months. 🙂

      Reply

  27. Al Hagen

    April 20, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Hey Neil,
    Congrats on the highly anticipated blog launch!
    Very well crafted article as usual ..

    One note, though:
    If you are directing traffic to your new blog by using your name and existing audience as a base, how relevant does this make the experiment to newbies?!!
    What do we learn here?

    I think this experiment lost its value -to newbies like me- once you decided to launch with your identity revealed.

    Am I missing something?

    All the best..

    -Al.

    Reply

    • Neil Patel

      April 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      My name doesn’t help much as most people don’t know me in this space…

      Reply

  28. We Coffee People

    April 21, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Neil – I was waiting for your first post on this blog! – I’m LOVING it! 🙂

    This Blog really seems to be best because Neil Patel created it! 😀

    By the way – which social share plugin you use left side auto scroll social buttons?

    please let me know! 🙂 GREAT Blog and GREAT 1st POST!!! 🙂 enjoyed a lot learning new secrets about SODA hahaha… 😀 which NOBODY tells but you did it! 😀

    also,.. I subscribed to feeds 🙂

    Reply

  29. Allen MacCannell

    April 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

    The BPH scare took me off canned drinks and food more than 15 years ago IIRC. I guess I continued to consume some soda in bottles for a while after that, but I would have quickly decided that only neutral water should be in contact with plastic bottles for a long period of storage time, leaving me with only the option of drinking soda from a classic glass bottle. At that point I remember realizing that it’s just sugar water with an aftertaste of chemical coloring and I wasn’t enjoying it, so now I will only drink bottle water (in #1 plastic and no other type of plastic container), tea, coffee, milk and fresh squeezed juice.

    Coke owns the most popular brands of bottled water around the world IIRC, so we’re not going to cost them money by abandoning soda. They probably give only the water products to their kids.

    The end of the above article didn’t seem necessary. A cold bottle of water is just as refreshing (actually more) as a cold can of soda.

    Reply

    • Neil Patel

      April 24, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      I agree with you. I find water more refreshing than a bottle of soda. Soda makes my teeth feel sticky after…

      Reply

  30. Andre Hospidales

    April 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Great job Neil. Highly informative article, I can see your blog’s going to be another winner.

    Reply

  31. Khoẻ mạnh

    April 23, 2015 at 3:17 am

    “Insulin resistance (which can develop from the over-consuming sugar) is so tightly linked with Alzheimer’s that it is now commonly referred to as type 3 diabetes within the medical community.

    Further, one Japanese study has concluded that those with type 2 diabetes are more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.”
    Can you clarify ?why sometimes you say type 3 diabetes, sometimes you say type 2, it’s pretty confuse to the audience

    Reply

  32. Eduardo Cornejo

    April 23, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Hi Neil,

    Awesome post about soda!

    Glad I found this and keep it up. 🙂

    Reply

  33. Mubashir Shafi

    April 24, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Hey Neil,

    This is an awesome post. I also have started a health blog a moment ago. I’m following you. I’m really inspired from your work. I wish your Good luck for your journey.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      May 24, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Thanks dear.. Keep visiting.

      Reply

  34. Ady

    April 24, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Hello Neil,
    I have been following you and your amazing posts for quite a while now. I really applaud you for contributing to the community in the way you are doing it.

    For this particular project you have started I have decided that not only will I follow your footsteps, I will also leverage my multilingual asset and start a parallel blog in French. I have acquired

    shifawellnessliving.com
    shifasantebienetre.com

    Using your email template i have already contacted the owner of shifa[dot]com – and the have responded!!! Wish me luck I will be talking to them directly on Tuesday to see if they will let me take ownership of the domain name.

    I have a question, funny enough I had this link bookmarked a long time ago

    http://moz.com/blog/12-things-that-will-kill-your-blog-post-every-time

    Item #6 – Plagiarism. I have always wanted to talk about soda and the bad health implications it creates when consumed regularly. I talked about it all the time since in my home country it is seen as a high social status to serve it to your guest when they come to visit. I always felt strongly about it when I got educated about things you have mentioned in this post.

    I have translated most of what you have written here in French and have posted it here

    http://shifasantebienetre.com/sante/14-raisons-de-ne-plus-boire-de-boissons-gazeuses

    I want to do the official launch and social campaign on Facebook this week-end. i want to be sure that ethically i have done nothing wrong and that you do not mind the way I have presented it.

    I have added a reference to your article via a footnote and a link. Let me know if that suffice.

    Thank you 🙂

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      May 24, 2016 at 5:55 am

      ADY, I think it’s ok to do this.

      Reply

  35. asjad

    April 25, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    neil bro from where do you get photos for your blog posts, even i want to start fitness and nutrition based blog but don’t have any idea about photos

    Reply

    • Ady

      April 25, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Dollarphotoclub[dot]com When it comes to high quality and price ratio it’s a no brained. I use it all the time now and I saw some of Neil’s pictures there. Hope it helps. Cheers 🙂

      Reply

      • Ady

        April 25, 2015 at 2:50 pm

        I meant ‘no brainer’ Asjad. Take care

        Reply

  36. Michael

    April 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

    OMG I drank 8 cans of diet pepsi over the weekend 🙁

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      April 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      There is no time like the present to make positive changes in your life.

      Reply

  37. Sam

    April 27, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Hey Nick,

    This is a great challenge and I am excited to follow and learn a lot. I do have a little concerned. I notice you mentioned you will build a 100K a month company from scratch but I see all your following from Quicksprout blog is giving you a big push on social and user generated content. For new blogs this is a big challenge to get from zero to 10K a month traffic without having such a massive following follow you to your new initiatives. Can you speak to someone who starts from scratch.

    Best,
    Sam

    Reply

    • Neil Patel

      April 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Sam – there will be an update on all of this soon on quicksprout.com that should hopefully answer all of your questions.

      Reply

  38. Shahid Khan

    April 30, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Glad To Know You Started New Blog On Something Different….
    I Will Be a Regular Reader Of Nutritional Resource As Well… I Mean I Have To ! 😀

    Thanks !

    Reply

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  40. Juliet

    June 15, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    This is both informative and scary. It is not new that sodas are not good for us, but it is also not new that quitting soda is not that easy. Maybe after knowing this I can convince myself to stop wanting soda. Thank you so much for sharing Mike.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      June 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Hey Juliet,

      I helped a friend quit by purchasing him a soda stream. He now drinks fruit infused water and carbonates it with the machine. It’s a much healthier alternative 🙂

      Reply

  41. Mitch

    June 25, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Oh! More reasons to stay away from soda. Sometimes I can consume too much in a single meal without even noticing it. I think I am addicted to it. I wish I can get over with soda very soon. Thanks for sharing anyway!

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      June 25, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      I used to eat dinner at our neighbors house when I was 10 years old sometimes and the family of 4 would drink two 2 liter bottles of coca cola every night. Every family member was pleasantly plump, and back then I thought it was genetics 🙂 I know it’s addicting but you gotta stay away from soda!

      Reply

  42. John

    July 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    The information presented is engaging and a good read for those to become more aware of what they eat and drink. Although soda is sometimes the cheaper option for restaurants I think some establishments should provide healthier alternatives as their main beverages.

    Thanks for discussing habits toward the end especially since we tend to be consumers of knowledge and less on changing unhealthy habits.

    To make changes to a diet it does take time and motivation, so engaging in at least 2 of the recommendations will make it easier to start making changes toward a healthier lifestyle.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      July 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      John, glad you found it helpful.

      It’s all about creating the right habits to ensure a healthy lifestyle. It takes a ton of will to change the way we eat — sounds like you are on the right track!

      Reply

  43. Sneha

    August 1, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Hey Neil,
    This is an awesome post. I also have started a health blog a moment ago. I’m following you. I’m really inspired from your work. I wish your Good luck for your journey. Although, I am not a fan of Soda, I consume it sometimes as its the best option here when I am out and thirsty… Now would definitely look for other healthy alternatives to Soda in order to hydrate myself… Hopefully others will be inspired by your post like I was to make positive changes, whether it’s done gradually or all at once.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      August 1, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      Sneha, glad you found it helpful. Once you find some alternatives please let me know and keep me up to date on your progress.

      Reply

  44. rohan

    August 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Too many side effects of soda, is there no benefits comes from sode ? aging weight gain insulin level brain disorder. I will make my distance from soda now.

    Reply

  45. shinne

    August 21, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Hey.,This is a great challenge and I am excited to follow and learn a lot. I do have a little concerned. I notice you mentioned you will build a 100K a month company from scratch but I see all your following from Quicksprout blog is giving you a big push on social and user generated content.I love the article you have written. I have battled trying to get away from any soda products for some time. I feel that it has become a true disorder and I would make a wager that most people afflicted would agree with me. Even so, I appreciate your article and hope you can reach many, many people who could benefit from your advice.Really an amazing Post on Health.I am really excited to read more health tips from you here.. 🙂 🙂

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      August 22, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Shinne, glad I could help. I look forward to hearing much more from you. Let me know if you have any additional insights that can be helpful.

      Reply

  46. Dominic

    September 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Hi Mike,

    You have covered this post correctly with real research evidence. My advice is people should stay away from sodas as they no good to human body. I would like to say something here that after getting inspired by you and Neil, I have started updating my blog http://healthblog247.com/ which was created two years ago.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      September 9, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Dominic, glad to hear. If you need any help along the way please let me know.

      Reply

      • Dominic

        September 11, 2015 at 7:13 am

        Sure I will, Thanks Mike!

        Reply

  47. carlos andrade

    October 11, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Getting rid of soda for me was very hard. In the end I prevailed. I still drink soda, but sugar can soda. Slowly many supermarkets are starting to provide a variety of non-big-company-soda brands. For me as a parent it is no clear how I need to take care of my children. I am glad to say that they don’t know any brand names like Coke, Pepsi or Mountain Dew. They simply know it as soda, orange soda, clear soda. They are 6 and 3!

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      October 12, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Carlos, I think it’s a great first step to avoiding soda. However, I think the best approach is to rid your diet of soda all together. If you don’t provide your children with soda and other similar options they won’t get much of a taste or craving for it.

      Reply

      • CactusHeart

        October 13, 2015 at 4:19 pm

        “A glass of milk to quench your thirst”?!? Wow, that’s like offering someone a hot cup of tea on a sweltering summer day lol.

        And I’m not so sure about caramel color affecting flavor, either. Zevia just removed caramel color from their sodas and now they taste extremely off. I wondered why the last 3 times I have bought it, the taste was worse than usual. I recognized the label had changed, but it still had no sugar so I paid no mind to it when I bought it. I then found the ” caramel color free” label when I bought it one last time, I made the connection, but decided to give it one more chance. I bought cherry cola. Yuck!

        And I think it is unfair and irresponsible for you to not offer stevia sodas as an alternative. Yes, even Zevia if you can stomach it lol. Living in a world where it’s either harmful sugary sodas, toxic artificially sweetened sodas or nothing at all? (Seltzer water?? Milk?? Those are not viable options) That’s a sucky world to live in.

        If you exclude stevia sodas because you are concerned people will abuse them like they do to soda in general, then you are taking the right away from them. If one wants to overdo it, it is their consequence and no one else’s.

        Reply

        • Mike Kamo

          October 14, 2015 at 9:40 am

          You bring up some great points. I think at the end of the day it all comes down to personal choice. I just wanted to provide my two cents off of empirical data and observations.

          Thanks for the feedback and looking forward to hearing more from you on the topic.

          Reply

  48. sam

    November 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I would like to comment all though its a very old post. I drank soda non stop from 16 years old until i was 32 and the effects soda had on my mouth were so severe i thought i would lose all my teeth but thank god i did my research. At 27 i had holes in all 4 of my wisdom teeth all the way to the roots, pulled my wisdom teeth, had a good year of no mouth problems then it returned again. My teeth started chipping away on their own just by eating a hamburger, i got scared but continued my soda drinking until my mouth pains got so severe that nothing in the market could numb the pain. So i just put a red flag on my soda drinking and tried not drinking soda for a few months and the pains went away almost immediately.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      November 20, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Sam, personal experience is always the best teacher. Glad you made the transition away from sodas — thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  49. Gym Montreal

    May 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Can’t agree more.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      May 24, 2016 at 5:37 am

      Thanks for reading.

      Reply

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  51. Athiya

    June 14, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Thank God that I always had that dislike for Soda drinks

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      June 15, 2016 at 2:36 am

      Athiya, sodas are packed with sugar and additives that are extremely harmful. Good to hear that you’re already on the safe side.

      Reply

  52. Yazan

    June 29, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I really didn’t know that sodas can be too harmful.. I should control my soda addiction.

    Reply

    • Mike Kamo

      June 29, 2016 at 7:48 am

      Yazan, you got it right. Drink fresh water and healthy smoothies instead of sodas.

      Reply

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